ACTION-Housing Bringing New Housing Opportunities for Seniors, Veterans in Forest Hills

Harrisburg – July 14, 2016 – Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Paul Costa (D-Allegheny) today lauded ACTION-Housing’s plans to renovate blighted property in Forest Hills and turn the structure into affordable housing options for seniors and veterans.

ACTION-Housing plans to use Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) tax credits to renovate property at 1844 Ardmore Boulevard and create 41 housing units, including six which will be fully accessible for seniors and veterans with hearing and vision impairments.

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Bipartisan Revenue Plan Approved, Key Investments Funded, Costa Says

Harrisburg – July 13, 2016 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement after the Senate approved a revenue package that closes a $1.2 billion hole in the $31.5 billion 2016-17 General Fund budget.

The new funding eliminates the budget deficit, while guaranteeing key investments in education, opioid treatment, job creation, senior citizen programs and social services.

 

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Costa, Hughes Support Budget Becoming Law; New Funds for Education, Opioid Treatment

 

Harrisburg, July 10, 2016 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) released the following comments in support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that he was allowing the state budget bill (Senate Bill 1073) to become law without his signature.

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Costa Secures $1 Million Grant for Development of Former Westinghouse Site

Harrisburg – July 5, 2016 – Grant funds from the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) will be used to support the redevelopment of the former Westinghouse Research site in Churchill, state Sen. Jay Costa (D- Forest Hills) announced today.

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Senate Unanimously Approves Reforming Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority

Harrisburg, June 28, 2016 − Legislation establishing accountability and transparency at the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, (ICA), received unanimous support in the Senate today said Senators Jay Costa (D-43), Wayne Fontana (D-42) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38).

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Senate Democrats Call for More Funding for Human Relations Commission

June 22, 2016 – State Senate Democratic Whip Anthony H. Williams  today said that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been devastated by recurring state budget cuts and that the state spending plan now under consideration needs to address agency funding shortfalls.

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Senate Democrats Outline Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

Harrisburg, May 18, 2016 – With drug overdose deaths reaching epidemic levels, Senate Democrats unveiled legislation today to address the opioid addiction crisis from prevention through recovery. “Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and there is no easy solution to fix the problem,” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said. “When addiction finds its way into a family, it can nearly paralyze them for fear of what the future may hold.”

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Campaign Finance Reform

This much-needed reform measure is aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania.

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Property Tax Reform

Our new property tax plan would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians.

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Surprise Balance-Billing

With some 45 million Americans behind on medical bills, and half of all bankruptcies caused by them, patients should not risk being saddled with bills for services they reasonably understood would be covered by their health insurance.

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The Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Caucus, a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus, was established in October 2012 with the purpose of providing caucus members access to the latest research, education and policy developments on arts and culture.  Additionally we support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts, culture, and tourism in the Commonwealth.

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